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RE: Dielectric grease for 30 amp plug and receptacle?

To The BS crowd Am i the only one who stopped about right here? So negative man i used to value what you said and i quickly learned to skip it.
wopachop 10/19/20 02:10pm Tech Issues
RE: How wide do mirrors need to be for a TT?

Just wag the tail to look for cops behind you. If you very slightly turn while driving straight, the trailer will swerve side to side and you get a glimpse behind you. Ive heard it described as wagging the tail. My truck has extended mirrors and you still cant really see behind you without the wag.
wopachop 10/19/20 11:02am Beginning RVing
RE: Do propane fire pits put out any heat?

Smudge pot might work for you. Or start the fire early. Come dark its mostly hot coals that you can put under your chair. Add wood for the look of fire. But the heat comes from the coals. Way less smoke.
wopachop 10/19/20 10:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Dielectric grease for 30 amp plug and receptacle?

Sounds like the connector on your trailer needs to be replaced. The contacts are no longer tight. Im a fan of dielectric grease but only use it on connectors that rarely get used. I picture the trailer connector attracting too much dirt if you used grease. I dont think its supposed to be used for lubricity. Its more the absence of oxygen and moisture. Keeps things from corroding.
wopachop 10/19/20 10:31am Tech Issues
RE: AV gas for the generator

Interesting.... We have gas stations with race gas and methanol right at the pumps here. Anybody can buy it.Few years ago we had to lie and say the race gas was for a boat. They had you sign your name on a sheet of paper. Not sure what happened with that. Maybe just a california thing. I buy race gas at the pump a few times a year for the last 25 years. Was only a brief time where they had you sign some sheet.
wopachop 10/19/20 10:22am Tech Issues
RE: AV gas for the generator

I had a fuel line crack in 6 months from 91 octane bought in socal. Wasnt a quality fuel line and it says do not use with over 10% ethanol. I was shocked how quickly it failed. Hard to see in the pic but there were cracks over the entire length of the line. https://i.imgur.com/6bwxnTal.jpg https://i.imgur.com/hXyZSSJl.jpg
wopachop 10/19/20 10:13am Tech Issues
RE: AV gas for the generator

Drove over to the station here that comes up as ethanol free. They were closed saturdays and i didnt see any pumps. I think they have 5gal jugs of race gas and thats why they come up as ethanol free.
wopachop 10/18/20 06:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Fantastic Fan install - no power :-(

No worries if youre over it. But you should be able to remove the front of the electrical panel. Where ever your fuses are, the face of that panel should have screws holding it on. Post a pic of the panel? How many spots dont have a fuse? Borrow fuses to fill the empty spots and use your meter to see if you have 12v to the fan now.
wopachop 10/18/20 06:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Fantastic Fan install - no power :-(

You might already know this trick but if you discover multiple wires just go up to the ceiling and wire nut those 2 wires together. Then set to continuity and find the 2 wires in the distribution panel that beep.
wopachop 10/18/20 05:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Fantastic Fan install - no power :-(

Remove the cover on the electrical panel so that you can see the wires back there. Most likely you will find no fuse like you guessed, or there will be loose wires not screwed into a terminal.
wopachop 10/18/20 02:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Advice on inverter size

Here is a question in disguise. In hopes to learn about the cheaper knock off brands. How clean of power does someone need to run a modern TV and some speakers and maybe the margarita blender? Would love to watch a video on sine waves. Im better with visual. I do have basic understanding off wavelengths. The idea of alternating current going back and forth still trips me out. Ive been blasted a few times with 277v and a whole office full of lights behind it. Worked for a company as an electrician but never took classes on theory. Im just smart enough to understand i dont know squat about how electricity really works. The people who figured it out hundreds of years ago are truly amazing humans. Bet they got blasted a few times as well!!
wopachop 10/18/20 12:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Grease gun/ grease recommendations

Old thread that got bumped but i recently did my truck front tire bearings. Read a lot about greases and settled on the fully synthetic valvoline. Its in the gun i dont have the model number but pretty sure its #4 on the list that was posted above. I didnt expect to choose that grease. I kinda view Valvoline as midrange, while i view lucas and timkin as high quality. Not sure why maybe the advertisers got me. Have used Lucas products for years. I forget what the heck i learned, but you need to look into the type of grease. There is lithium, moly, extra virgin olive oil. They all have benefits and negatives. They also dont play nice with each other. Installed new ball joints and tie rods and also wanted the grease to be compatible with that. I wrote the company (detroit axle...fingers crossed...ive read mixed reviews...sure was cheap in price) and asked what they pumped in there. Again i dont remember what they said. But after all the nonsense i did end up learning the Valvoline fully synthetic would work great for my high speed wheel bearing as well as the low speed ball joints. Biggest negative was i wanted red grease. Looks clean to me. Not even joking i was bummed that the grease i will never see wasnt red!!!
wopachop 10/18/20 12:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Advice on inverter size

Look at that thing!!!! Super cool man.
wopachop 10/17/20 10:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Advice on inverter size

Thanks everyone very informative. That $500 price tag of the 2000w converter might have changed my mind. That about the expected price for a higher quality inverter of that size? I realize i need to research but the people here are so familiar with everything it really helps to speed up the process.
wopachop 10/17/20 08:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Advice on inverter size

Can you guys recommend brands to check out? If i went with a larger size i could mount it behind my distribution panel and use the existing 120v wiring to make some of the outlets hot. I wasnt sure if you could categorize them roughly by common sizes. To help determine what would be a good fit. Maybe there are solid 1000w choices, then you move up to something to act like a regular 15 circuit in the 1800-2000 range? Then go even higher from there. I think it would be nice to support 15 amps. Brew coffee on the non caveman days.
wopachop 10/17/20 04:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Advice on inverter size

Also you never know. What if 10 swimsuit models walk by with their blender hoping for margaritas. Need to be prepared and i freakin hate tequilla. But willing to suffer :)
wopachop 10/17/20 01:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Advice on inverter size

So besides price and having to run thicker wires, is there a negative to installing a 2000w inverter that will mostly supply 200w of power? Trying to be realistic if i would ever want to run a kitchen appliance without firing up the generator.
wopachop 10/17/20 01:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Hard lesson learned on water heater anode.

Shine a light and feel around where you can. I had stubborn deposits. Was told a vinegar flush is safe. Im a dum dum. Bought the trailer used. Pulled the anode rod. Looked pretty long to me. Like a long wire. Put it back in and waited 6 months. Came to find out that was a totally used up anode rod!!!! Didnt realize the darn thing was supposed to be a half inch thick.
wopachop 10/17/20 01:01pm Tech Issues
RE: 12 volt receptacles shorting 12 volt accessory charge cords

Poke your finger in the hole. If you screech like a small dog that got stepped on, its 120v. If you dont feel nada its reversed polarity. (making jokes.....feel bad thats a brand new trailer. hope it gets fixed)
wopachop 10/17/20 12:57pm Class A Motorhomes
Advice on inverter size

I suppose my main question is will a lower watt inverter be more efficient? Currently have a 400w inverter to power my laptop. Would like to power a TV and small sound system as well. I dont want to go too big. Also dont want to be lacking in power down the road. What brand and size would you guys recommend? Power source is two 6v and theyre mounted on the tongue so doubt it will ever step up to 4 batteries.
wopachop 10/17/20 12:54pm Tech Issues
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